Yes My Service Dog May Accompany Me

Yes My Service Dog May Accompany Me

Service Dogs are liberating people all the time and we are seeing more and more dogs out assisting people. These dogs are not pets they are working service animals. Unfortunately we are seeing some handlers being discriminated against. Recently a Veteran and his service dog were denied entry into a bar in Michigan. The Americans with Disabilities Act is very clear about where service animals can go and what an establishment can ask you about your service dog. This man should have not been denied entry to this establishment. It is up to the business owner to comply with these rules. However, service dog handlers need to be familiar with these laws so they may educate these business owners and employees in a calm and professional manor.

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The ADA states:

The ADA states:

“Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.” A bar is certainly not a sterile environment. Now, the dog should not be able to go in the back where they cook food. This is not an area the general public would normally go. But the dog should have been allowed to accompany his handler to sit down in the bar. If this animal was a nuance then workers can ask the service animal to leave. The law is also very clear and states “service animals must be under control”.

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